It is impossible to overstate the importance of sport in a child’s development. Regular activity stimulates growth and maintains physical health, but goes far beyond the physical benefits. Sport also improves self-esteem and self-worth, is a tool for establishing social inclusion and teaches attributes such as discipline, teamwork and respect.

Children face risks in all aspects of their lives, but we do all we can to shield them as much as possible, putting safeguards in place for their continued protection. Sport is no different – children not only deserve to enjoy sport and its benefits, but to partake without fear of abuse, violence, neglect or exploitation. Parents and guardians must be able to feel that their child is placed into an environment in which they can succeed, not suffer.

Ensuring sufficient safeguards in place does more than protect children, however. They can make a sport or organisation more attractive to sponsors, improve their reputation amongst parents and the community and inspire more to participate. Good reputations spread as fast as bad news.

Whilst measures such as a reporting structure for concerns, thorough policies and procedures and dealing with complaints appropriately are all vital, it is obvious that prevention is the best possible cure. There is never any way that risk can be completely eliminated, but it is the responsibility of clubs and organisations to ensure the sufficient preventative procedures are instigated efficiently and effectively.

Criminal record checks form a vital part of these preventative procedures. A criminal record check certificate (produced by the Disclosure and Barring Service) is a document containing confidential criminal history information held by the police which can be used to make safer recruitment decisions for employees or volunteers. Disclosure information could include details of criminal information, an individual’s presence on children's or adults' barred lists or other relevant information held by a local police force.

There are three types of Disclosure: Basic, Standard and Enhanced. Eligibility for Disclosures is underpinned by law. The level of the check required is dependent on the exposure and risk associated with the relationship between the individual and the children and/or vulnerable groups. Enhanced checks are for posts that involve a far greater degree of contact with children or vulnerable groups. In general the type of work will involve regularly caring for, supervising, training or being in sole charge of such people, which is largely the case in children’s sport.

TMG CRB is one of the largest and most experienced Umbrella Bodies nationally. We are registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (England and Wales) and Disclosure Scotland, processing in excess of 200,000 applications a year.

TMG CRB specialise in administering the criminal record check process on behalf of over forty major sporting national governing bodies; helping to ensure the right level of check is requested from the Disclosure and Barring Service and giving tailored advice when legislative changes occur.

We have developed an online criminal record check application, which allows electronic submission of criminal record check applications without the need to fill in a paper application form. Our application enables clients to complete the online criminal record check process electronically from start to finish with no requirement to send paperwork through the post.

To get in touch with TMG CRB to discuss your criminal record checking requirements please contact Kelly Dakin at
or just go to our online application here.



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